Unveils Free Merchant Network

    Social networking brought to online retail

    CALGARY, June 30 /CNW/ - announced today the launch of the
world's largest online Merchant Network. The Shopster Merchant Network is a
one-stop shop for online sellers and suppliers to manage all aspects of their
business. Users of the network are empowered with tools to manage their buying
and selling relationships. In an industry first, it is free to join.
    " is introducing social networking for your products," says
Sarath Samarasekera, CEO and co-founder of "Sites like Facebook
and LinkedIn struggle to monetize, but the Shopster network is about making
money for our users which aligns our interests. Your success is our success,
and it's free to join, so there really is no risk."
    According to Paul McCluskey, Shopster's EVP Research and Development, the
Network is the product of five years of e-commerce development and extensive
research with Shopster's large existing user base.
    "We wanted to release something that not only met, but exceeded the
expectations of the market," says McCluskey. "The Merchant Network takes
traditional software as a service (SaaS) and pushes it farther than ever
before, growing more powerful and more useful with each new user. You don't
use Shopster to run your business, Shopster is your business. Cheaper, faster,
more powerful. What every network and every platform has been striving for."
    In addition to providing a proven, stable platform for building online
stores, the new Shopster Merchant Network will allow you to:

    -   Dramatically reduce inventory costs
    -   Connect with suppliers and sellers immediately and manage those
    -   Integrate online commerce activities under one portal
    -   Enhance search engine discoverability ("search engine optimization"
        or SEO)

    Merchants and suppliers are encouraged to sign up at at no charge.


    Founded in 2004, is an official eBay Solutions Partner that
offers a suite of eCommerce solutions for small to medium sized business.
Thousands of online merchants rely on Shopster from around the world. Shopster
simplifies the complexities of online retail, allowing merchants to manage
their store, transactions, and supply chain relationships in one easy to use
place. Joining the Network is free, so merchants can focus on growth and
relationships, not on costs.

For further information:

For further information: demonstration accounts, or media interviews,
view our multimedia presentation at or contact: Suzy
Vadori, EVP Operations, Shopster e-Commerce, (403) 366-3713,

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